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Published on June 16th, 2014 | by Dean Carr


Furniture Shop Selling Beer Mats Loses Licence


The controversial furniture shop in Farnham, Surrey known as ” Innsatiable” has lost it’s premises licence to sell alcohol. We first covered this story a few years ago when premises owner and entrepreneur Simon Atkinson discovered a loop hole in the licensing Act 2003. The furniture shop gave its customers a free alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink in exchange for a beer mat whilst looking at furniture on sale. Police and licensing authority officers from Waverley Council where powerless to act as the shop was not in breach of any licensing law as they were giving away FREE ALCOHOL and not selling it by retail.

Local publicans in the town were not impressed as the shop was effectively trading without a licence and branded it as unfair competition. The controversial bar (furniture shop) finally applied for a premises licence in October 2012 which then brought it under the control of 2003 licensing laws.

Innsatiable found them selves in court on the 10th of June 2014 and lost the battle to retain their premises licence for breaching the licensing Act after a covert operation at the premises by under cover police officers. According to a statement on the Innsatiable Facebook page  they say they plan to open  premises next door in time for the World Cup and intend to start selling their collectable beer mats and other retail items again!

Lets see what happens and we will keep you posted.

Furniture Shop Selling Beer Mats Loses Licence

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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